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American Diabetes Association moves Westside headquarters to DTLA

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, June 11, 2012, at 10:49AM

The American Diabetes Association is moving to DTLA.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has moved their headquarters from the Westside near LAX to downtown L.A., leasing a portion of the 9th floor of a building on Wilshire Boulevard near Grand Avenue.

Their DTLA location is slightly smaller than their previous space, but its proximity to city government, an abundance of businesses and a growing residential area will position the ADA to interact more directly with the L.A. community, said media representative Mary Hewitt.

Their Westside location was in a area where "there wasn't a lot going on," said Hewitt, and many of their neighbors were hotels and rental car agencies -- in addition to the airport.

Downtown will give them more visibility, as well as facilitate their programs such as "Stop Diabetes At Work" -- where representatives go into local businesses and do diabetes screenings as well as educate employees on healthy living.

“With this move, we will be positioned to take advantage of the many synergies available from doing business Downtown, working alongside and growing with other businesses and non-profits, government workers and educational institutions in our city,” said the executive director of ADA Los Angeles, Peter Braun, in a statement.

One in seven people in L.A. County has diabetes, according to the ADA, and nearly 26 million across the country have the disease.

“As diabetes continues to be a growing concern and epidemic in Los Angeles, it is appropriate for the ADA to position itself in the heart of city where support from our vibrant business community can affect positive change within the organization and for those touched by diabetes," said president and chief executive officer of the Central City Association, Carol Schatz, in a statement.

One third of all children and teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese, putting them at greater risk for Type 2 diabetes -- the most common form of the disease. The ADA says that although diabetes can cause other health complications and in some cases, death, an early diagnosis can help patients get a jump on treatment and managing care.

The new location is 611 Wilshire Boulevard in downtown L.A.

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